Experience the essence of Iceland's natural wonders and cultural charm on this five-day self-drive tour of the Golden Circle and Reykjavik. This comprehensive package invites adventurers to embark on an unforgettable journey, combining the freedom of exploration with the ease of a meticulously planned itinerary.
Booking this self-drive tour offers you the convenience of a trip without creating an itinerary from scratch. Your package will give you a comprehensive yet customizable guide with descriptions, maps, and contact information for a personal travel agent.
For added convenience, your booking includes four nights of carefully chosen accommodations, ensuring a comfortable and restful stay. A car rental with CDW insurance and free Wi-Fi will also be provided, which you can get upon arrival at the Keflavik International Airport.
Your five-day road trip in Iceland highlights the legendary Golden Circle, featuring three of Iceland's most renowned natural treasures. It's the best destination for travelers who want an introduction to the country's diverse landscapes and geological marvels.
Delve into the raw beauty of Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can walk between two tectonic plates and explore the rich history of Iceland's Althingi parliament.
Next, you can drive to the explosive power of the Geysir geothermal area, dotted by hot springs and erupting geysers. The main feature of the geothermal valley is the Strokkur geyser, which shoots hot water high into the sky every few minutes.
The third attraction of the Golden Circle is its namesake, Gullfoss waterfall, which translates to the "Golden Falls." It boasts a wide cascade of glacial water that often creates rainbows on sunny days.
Since you have two days on this scenic route, your journey continues beyond sightseeing. You can enhance your adventure by selecting from an array of thrilling guided tours during the booking process.
For adventurers, snorkeling in the crystalline waters of Silfra offers an otherworldly opportunity to glide between tectonic plates. On the other hand, you can visit the Laugarvatn Fontana for a relaxing geothermal bath.
For thrill-seekers, snowmobiling or a wild ride aboard a Sleipnir monster truck on Langjokull glacier provides a true adrenaline rush.
Alternatively, horseback riding or zip lining through lush valleys are exciting options to appreciate Iceland's peaceful environment more.
Throughout your five-day adventure, you'll have free days to explore Reykjavik and its nearby attractions. Dive into the heart of Iceland's vibrant capital city, where you can stroll through charming streets, sample local cuisine, or immerse yourself in its rich culture. You can do these independently or by booking a food walking tour and a 24-hour city card.
On these free days, you can treat yourself to the ultimate relaxation at the Blue Lagoon or Sky Lagoon. These geothermal spas offer a rejuvenating soak in soothing waters amidst the surreal Icelandic landscape.
As your journey concludes, you'll return your car rental at the airport, brimming with memories of Iceland's breathtaking landscapes and thrilling experiences. Rest easy knowing that should your plans change, you can cancel up to 24 hours before you depart for a full refund.
Prepare for a remarkable five-day self-drive adventure through Iceland's Golden Circle, where natural wonders and unforgettable moments await. Check availability now by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Arrival Day with Blue Lagoon Option
Your self-drive adventure in Iceland starts with a flexible day perfectly tailored to your flight schedule.
Upon landing at the Keflavik International Airport, your first step into the land of fire and ice is a smooth and convenient pick-up of your car rental outside the arrivals hall. This trusty vehicle, equipped with free Wi-Fi, is ready to conquer Iceland's diverse terrain.
As you journey towards Reykjavik, the vibrant capital of Iceland, your flexible itinerary allows for a detour to one of the country's most renowned attractions, the Blue Lagoon. If you choose to enhance your experience with a comfort or premium entrance package, you'll be treated to a rejuvenating soak in the spa's milky-blue geothermal waters.
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal oasis nestled amidst the stark Icelandic landscape. It boasts a range of luxurious facilities designed to enhance your relaxation. You'll find a swim-up bar offering refreshing drinks, silica mud masks to nourish your skin, and an in-water massage area where you can indulge in soothing treatments.
The Blue Lagoon's modern architecture seamlessly integrates with the untouched natural surroundings, creating a unique and tranquil atmosphere.
Besides the Blue Lagoon, there are other attractions in the Reykjanes Peninsula you can choose to visit, such as the Kleifarvatn lake and the Krysuvik geothermal area.
If you head straight to Reykjavik, you'll immerse yourself in Icelandic culture. The city features charming streets, fascinating museums, boutique shops, and delectable restaurants.
Two notable landmarks you can explore while in Reykjavik are the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church and the Harpa Concert Hall. Hallgrimskirkja is a towering church offering breathtaking panoramic city views, while Harpa has a striking architectural gem along the harbor.
Alternatively, you can settle early into your cozy accommodation in Reykjavik. In addition to having more time to explore the Icelandic capital toward the end of your five-day tour, you need a good rest for tomorrow's drive and sightseeing activities.
Day 2 - Golden Circle Day 1 with Optional Activities
On day two of your self-drive tour through Iceland, the focus is on exploring the iconic Golden Circle route, renowned for its captivating natural wonders. This picturesque journey spans two days, allowing you to immerse yourself in the region's remarkable attractions thoroughly.
The Golden Circle has three highlights, but you can focus on just one or two today. Your initial destinations can be the Thingvellir National Park and the Geysir geothermal area. Then, you can add thrilling optional activities in these locations.
Thingvellir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has immense historical and geological significance. Here, you'll walk in the footsteps of ancient Viking settlers as you traverse the dramatic landscapes formed by the shifting Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.
Take in the awe-inspiring views of the Almannagja gorge and Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest natural lake. On one side of the national park, you can also find a beautiful waterfall called Oxararfoss.
If you're up for a unique underwater experience, you can choose to snorkel in Silfra. This crystal-clear fissure in Thingvellir National Park offers unrivaled visibility, allowing you to admire the otherworldly underwater landscapes.
From Thingvellir, your self-guided tour leads you to the Geysir geothermal area. This extraordinary site is home to bubbling hot springs and explosive geysers. Keep your camera ready to capture the awe-inspiring eruptions of Strokkur, a geyser that propels boiling water high into the sky every few minutes.
Besides snorkeling in Silfra, you have other opportunities to enhance your day with optional guided excursions.
Horseback riding is another enticing option for those who want a deeper connection with Icelandic nature. You can saddle up and embark on a scenic ride through lush valleys, taking in the serene countryside from the back of one of Iceland's beloved and sturdy horses.
To complete your day of exploration, consider indulging in a well-deserved geothermal bath at Laugarvatn Fontana. Nestled beside the tranquil Laugarvatn lake, this spa offers rejuvenating experiences in mineral-rich geothermal waters and steam baths.
After an exhilarating day of sightseeing and optional adventures, you'll find comfort and rest at a cozy accommodation in Southwest Iceland near the Golden Circle.
Day 3 - Golden Circle Day 2 with Optional Activities
On day three of your Icelandic self-drive adventure, you're in for another day of captivating experiences in the famed Golden Circle.
If you explored Thingvellir and Geysir yesterday, today's focus shifts to the mesmerizing Gullfoss waterfall, one of the region's crown jewels.
Gullfoss, often called the "Golden Waterfall," is one of the most beloved waterfalls in Iceland. There are as many as 10,000 waterfalls in the country, but nothing compares to the beauty of the Gullfoss waterfall.
Standing at the edge of the Hvita river, Gullfoss unleashes its raw power as it tumbles in two stages at 105 feet (32 meters) into a deep crevice below. Rainbows often grace the scene, adding a layer of excitement to your visit.
After soaking in the breathtaking views at Gullfoss, you can take your adventure up a notch with thrilling activities departing from this location.
Snowmobiling on Langjokull glacier is an exhilarating choice. Imagine speeding across a vast, icy expanse surrounded by the wilderness of a glacier. An experienced guide leads this trip, so even first-timers are welcome to join.
For those seeking a unique Icelandic experience, the Sleipnir monster truck tour on Langjokull glacier is a fantastic alternative. This extraordinary truck, specially designed for glacier expeditions, takes you deep into the icy heart of the glacier. It's an exclusive opportunity to delve into the hidden realms of Iceland's glaciers.
If you'd rather continue your scenic drive, consider visiting the nearby Kerid crater. This striking volcanic crater lake, with its vivid aquamarine waters, offers a serene and picturesque stop. You can walk along the rim, taking in panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
As the day winds down, you'll return to your accommodation in Southwest Iceland near the Golden Circle. Here, you can reflect on the wonders you've encountered and rest up for more Icelandic adventures for the next two days.
Day 4 - Free Day in Reykjavik
On day four of your Icelandic adventure, you'll enjoy a free itinerary in the vibrant capital city of Reykjavik. This is your chance to explore at your own pace and discover the unique charm of Iceland's largest city.
For those who love to wander and explore independently, downtown Reykjavik has a lot to offer. The city is brimming with iconic cultural attractions, restaurants, cafes, and shops.
Take a leisurely stroll through the colorful streets and absorb the artistic and creative vibe that Reykjavik is known for. Don't miss landmarks like the iconic Hallgrimskirkja, a modernist church with a striking design, or the Harpa Concert Hall, known for its mesmerizing glass facade.
However, if you're interested in guided experiences, there are plenty of optional tour activities that you can add when booking this self-drive tour.
Consider joining a food or beer walking tour to get a taste of Icelandic cuisine and local brews. These tours often take you to hidden culinary gems that you might miss on your own.
For nature enthusiasts, Reykjavik offers exciting opportunities for wildlife encounters. You can book a whale watching tour departing from the Old Harbor of Reykjavik, where you'll have the chance to see these magnificent marine mammals in their natural habitat.
The most common species in the bay surrounding Reykjavik include humpback whales, minke whales, orcas, and white-beaked dolphins. Keep your camera ready for those magical moments when these creatures breach the surface.
If your visit to Iceland falls during winter, take advantage of the opportunity to witness the magical northern lights. You can book a northern lights hunt by bus or even venture out to sea on a boat tour for a unique perspective of this natural wonder.
As the day comes to a close, you'll return to your comfortable accommodation in Reykjavik for a restful night's sleep, knowing that your Icelandic adventure is coming to an end.
Day 5 - Departure Day with Sky Lagoon Option
Today is the end of your five-day adventure in the land of fire and ice.
Your final day in Iceland is designed to be flexible, ensuring you have a stress-free transition to your departure. Today's itinerary revolves around your flight schedule, offering you the freedom to make the most of your remaining time in this beautiful island nation.
Just ensure you have ample time to drive back to the Keflavik International Airport. Your car rental has been your trusty companion throughout your journey, and it's time to bid it farewell. Returning the car rental is straightforward and hassle-free.
If your flight departure is later in the day, you can choose to make the most of your time in Reykjavik. Stroll down Laugavegur street, one of the city's main shopping districts, where you can find unique Icelandic souvenirs and mementos.
Alternatively, you can delve into the city's rich culture and history by visiting world-class museums like the National Museum of Iceland or the Reykjavik Art Museum. These options provide a deeper understanding of Iceland's heritage and artistic contributions.
For those with a few more hours to spare and a desire for relaxation, consider booking a soothing geothermal bath experience. Two popular options near Reykjavik are the Blue Lagoon and the Sky Lagoon. Both offer the chance to unwind in warm, mineral-rich waters surrounded by stunning landscapes.
The Blue Lagoon is famous for its milky-blue, silica-rich waters. Meanwhile, the Sky Lagoon features a stunning oceanfront location, perfect for unwinding and taking in the mesmerizing views of the Icelandic coastline.
We wish you a pleasant journey home, and should you decide to return, Iceland will be here to welcome you again.
What to bring
Good to know
Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavik city or at Keflavik International Airport. A valid driver's license and a one-year-long on-road experience are required. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit your arrival date and time.
Some optional activities might require you to have a valid driver's license or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner.
Please note that you might need to present medical documents for snorkeling or diving.